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Palenque Pyramids in Mexico

Updated on January 16, 2015

Palenque Ruins in The Jungles of Mexico

Palenque is my favourite of all of the Mexican archeological sites: less touristy than Chichen Itza or Teotihuacan Pyramids, near Mexico City and in a wonderful jungle setting just north of Guatemala. Monkeys wooping in the distance and the beautiful sights and sounds of the jungle make this an excellent place to visit while in Mexico.

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Palenque Ruins and Pyramids

Paleque Ruins with their excellent Jungle setting were my favourite. Starting from the main entrance we walked round the main plaza, then down through the jungle to lower exit, back up again through jungle to the rest of the site, howler monkeys and other jungle-life making lots of noise all around us. Fantastic. An absolutely beautiful setting. There is also a small museum at the ruins.

Palenque Ruins

Palenque Ruins

Palenque Ruins

Palenque Ruins

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    • MayaIxchel profile image

      MayaIxchel 5 years ago

      Nice lens! I hope to get to Palenque soon. It is on my travel list! Beautiful photos!

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      Nice lens. I featured the temple at Palenque in my thesis. The king Pacal and his remarkable tomb and sarcophagus were great studies. Good stuff

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      Kittycheer 5 years ago

      Palenque is on my bucket list to visit. You sound like a very interesting person and what a lifestyle.

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      NidhiRajat 5 years ago

      wonderful contents and amazing lens!

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      NidhiRajat 5 years ago

      wonderful contents and amazing lens!

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      TrentAdamsCA 5 years ago

      Wonderful photos. Thanks for the introduction to this site.

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      Lindrus 5 years ago

      What a fascinating spot! The beautiful pictures and your intriguing lens made we want to visit this place. Thanks for sharing!

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      wheresthekarma 5 years ago

      Beautiful pics! Very interesting lens.

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      iris1972 5 years ago

      I visited Palenque in 2007 and they are really beautifull. Nice lens.

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      Bahrns 5 years ago

      Wow, I thought pyramids can only be find in Egypt. Amazing! Thanks for sharing! I would love to visit these pyramids one of these days, I've heard Mexico is a nice place.

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      Andy 5 years ago from London, England

      @ouriloilo: Yes, that's amusing. There is however, quite a big square between the pyramids, so maybe there could have been a market there. In modern Mexican Spanish, I think palenque means cock-fighting arena, but it might just have meant any kind of arena, back then.

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      Andy 5 years ago from London, England

      @Delacroix: Thanks very much. Most of the pictures were shot on fairly slow slide film, then scanned. Some challenging lighting conditions for film, but worth the effort, I think (I've almost entirely gone fully digital now though)

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      NidhiRajat 5 years ago

      congrats for purple star...great to have you on squidoo

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      Bob 5 years ago from Kansas City

      Hey Andy, thanks for the great information. It's nice to see lenses that take you somewhere new, and you did!

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      nestboxes 5 years ago

      Great looking lens, hope to see these ruins someday

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      ouriloilo 5 years ago

      I am amused because palenque in FIlipino is marketplace....This is definitely not a marketplace.

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      desa999 lm 5 years ago

      Thanks Andy really enjoyed your lens. We've been to USA but never to Mexico, now your lens has really opened our eyes. Great lens

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      Delacroix 5 years ago

      These pictures are amazing, added to my "I need to visit" list!

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      modernchakra 5 years ago

      Great photos and explanation. Ancient culture is so fascinating, and to me probably more advanced than we even realize. Thank you for putting this lens together!

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      I always enjoy your travel lenses!

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      Jennifer_Glennon 5 years ago

      These pictures are amazing!

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      peppervel 5 years ago

      I have read about Mayan civilisation many years ago. So beautiful and wonderful discovered place. To think that thousands of years ago, it was bustiling with activities... wow! Wish have a chance to visit. thanks for sharing this lens.

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      Sara Krentz 5 years ago from USA

      What a beautiful place to visit

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I loved Chichen Itza, I never knew these existed. Thanks for letting all of us in on this.

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      abovethesky 5 years ago

      Wow, I always liked those ancient ruins!

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      Beadsnresin 5 years ago

      Thanks for this lens, I didn't even know they existed.

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      BlueTrane 5 years ago

      I've been to Chichen Itza (or what we ended up referring to as "Chicken Pizza") and enjoyed it. But the best fun was taking a side trip in our rental car to Ek-Balam where we were able to climb to the top of the Acropolis and tomb of Ukit Kan Le'k Tok'. I imagine that as that site becomes more popular they'll be restricting foot traffic in order to preserve the structures as they have at Chicken Pizza!

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      Paula7928 5 years ago

      Great photos Andy!

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      zimbali2011 5 years ago

      this is a very interesting place... I wonder what's inside those ruins...

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      LewisCommunityDevelopers 5 years ago

      Nice job, loved the photos.

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      Julia Morais 5 years ago

      I really enjoyed reading this. And such great photos too. Thumbs up!

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      Macaco LM 5 years ago

      I am personally fascinated by ancient history, especially about languages and south america. I plan to take an around the world trip in the far future. I will make sure to make a collection of lenses about my trip. You have inspired me!

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 5 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      Beautiful photos! I wish that you had posted more of them. Saw this posted on Squidoo Home Page...never too fascinated with Mexico, but your great intro photo drew me to the lens :+) I'll be checking out some of your other travel lenses. Cercis

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      WildWilliams 5 years ago

      I visited your Zazzle gallery. Boy you have been places. My parents took me to Mexico twice on family vacations back in the early sixties and then again in the early 70's. I made it all the way to the top of the pyramid of the moon and had a good look at the pyramid to the sun... which is huge. From there I decided not to even try to climb it. Sure was a nice view, and the trips have inspired my thoughts and my art ever since.

      Lucky you to have traveled to so many places.

      Wild Williams

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      nice read to your destination place, enjoyed this and so I gave you a 'thumbs up'.

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      tonyleather 5 years ago

      Fascinating information. Great work.

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      tonyleather 5 years ago

      Fascinating information. Great work.

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      Pnorway 5 years ago

      I love these pics. Thanks for sharing!

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      writer_villa 5 years ago

      Good lens

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      writer_villa 5 years ago

      Good lens

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      LotusLandry 5 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks for the fantastic photography

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      lasertek lm 5 years ago

      This is probably the first time I have heard of these pyramids. Thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I saw this lens showing up on Squidoo's Home Page and didn't think I had seen this before. Very nice pictures of some great looking pyramids, Andy.

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      privresearch 5 years ago

      Makes me want to pack my bags ....

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      ErHawkns7100 5 years ago

      Looks like a wonderful adventure.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is the first time I have heard of Palenque. Had been to Mexico but only in Guadalajara.

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      food monkey 5 years ago

      nice lens!

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      The pyramids of Mexico are one of the best kept secrets in travel. Thanks for showing them!

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      WhiteOak50 7 years ago

      As always, fantastic photography. It must be amazing to have seen all of the areas you have.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      This looks like a really neat place to visit. Your photos are beautiful, as usual.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Fascinating read and wonderful photos.

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      Brookelorren LM 7 years ago

      I've never heard of this place before. It's beautiful though. I'd love to visit someday.